There are some items in your wardrobe you might never want to part with, as you might love the design, or they might have great sentimental value. However, if they are worn, tired, or broken, they’re probably just gathering dust in your closet.
Rather than allowing the items to go to waste, look for ways to transform their function or appearance. Find out here how you can spruce up tired or faulty clothing.
Fix a Broken Zipper
Are you unable to wear your favorite dress because the zipper is stuck on the fabric? A simple solution is to rub both sides of the zipper with petroleum jelly and then ease it down gradually. If you don’t have petroleum jelly to hand, clear soap or an olive oil-dipped earbud might work. However, try to avoid getting these substances onto the fabric to avoid stains.
Freshen Up Your Whites
Do you have a white shirt, blouse, or dress that’s starting to look gray? It is often due to a layer of dirt forming over the fabric. Before you place it in the trash, you should take the necessary steps to freshen it up.
The first step you should take is to wash an item using the maximum detergent dosages on the highest temperature on your washer. If this fails to improve its color, you could soak it in a bleach solution, but you should always check the label before you do so.
Transform Your Leather Shoes
While you might love your leather shoes, they might no longer complement your outfits or they may look a little unloved. If this is the case, you could paint leather shoes to make them appear new and stylish. There are many different colors available, and you could use a paintbrush to paint over unwanted blemishes and scratches.
Successfully Remove Knitwear Pills
Unwanted pills can make your sweaters and cardigans look worn and old. Instead of placing the knitwear in the trash, you could remove pills with sticky tape or by picking them off by hand.
You also can prevent the development of bobbles by washing knitwear on a delicate cycle, and you should avoid using a fabric softener that will soften the fibers and increase the likelihood of pills.
Save Your Suede
Mud and rain can play havoc with suede. If you are struggling with unwanted stains, you should wait for your suede footwear to dry before brushing the marks out with a suede brush. This will remove unwanted dirt living in the hide. You should then apply a suede protector to ensure you don’t need to combat similar stains in the future.
Eliminate Deodorant Marks
Deodorant marks can be hard to combat and could lead to you throwing away your favorite t-shirt or shirt. Before you give up on the item, try rinsing the stained area with cold water. Alternatively, you could dab some white vinegar onto the marks before washing. You should also wash the item immediately after wearing it.
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